Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

KFC's new 'Game of Thrones' themed advert is still way, way too soon


At the weekend, I rewatched ‘The Door’, and it was a terrible idea.

Now known as one of the most heartbreaking episodes in Game of Thrones history, it’s impossible for any fan to forget those final moments, which finally taught us how Hodor got his name, while simultaneously stealing him away from us forever.

The lovable giant sacrificed himself so that Bran and Meera could escape from the White Walkers, holding the door closed as wights tore at him from behind. If you fancy beating yourself up all over again by reliving the scene, well, here it is.

There was a certain sad genius in the origins of Hodor’s name being so simple that it’s almost silly. The theories bandied about by fans over the years were far more complex, but the fact that it’s basically nothing more than a pun somehow made the whole scene feel that bit more tragic.

Which is why it’s unacceptable – unacceptable – that KFC have swooped in far too soon (it’s been more than a year, but it’ll always be to soon) with this new advert, starring Kristian Nairn, which is giving us very real flashbacks.

Nairn, now that he’s free from Game of Thrones commitments, appears to have found himself behind the counter at the fried chicken joint, and it’s all a little overwhelming for him.

As lunchtime hits, customers barrel through the restaurant’s doors demanding their chicken and fries. “CHICKEN AND FRIES. CHICKEN AND FRIES. CHICKEN AND FRIES.”

Nairn goes full Hodor as he repeats the orders to himself, and “chicken and fries” turns into “chicken and rice” – which just so happens to be the new product KFC are promoting.

The the colonel bursts in through the back and rips Nairn limb from limb (OK nah we’re kidding).

The one thing we can’t help but think (other than how weird it is to see Hodor saying something that isn’t Hodor) is that surely the Hound would have been a better choice for this ad? We all know how much he loves his chicken.



Young Hodor.jpg

Young Hodor absolutely smashed his Reddit AMA


Does the new 'Game of Thrones' trailer hint at Jon Snow dying again?

Screen Shot 2017-06-16 at 11.18.07.png

Someone has made a supercut of all 150,966 'Game of Thrones' deaths


We asked burger experts to design the perfect patty for the apocalypse

May as well die happy - while eating a burg

by Chris Sayer
18 Aug 2017

You can get free chips delivered right to your desk today

It's easy, and anyone can do it

by Tom Victor
18 Aug 2017

The 50 best restaurants in the UK have been named

Prepare for some 10/10 food porn

by Tom Victor
17 Aug 2017

What your coffee order says about you

According to an actual barista

by Carl Anka
16 Aug 2017

Aldi’s £18 whisky has been crowned one of the best in the world

They're getting good at this booze thing

by Tom Victor
16 Aug 2017

All hail Nigel Slater, the Quiet King of Cookery

The dangerously sensual chef makes cooking seem like the most enjoyable thing in the world

by Josh Baines
15 Aug 2017

There's a very cynical reason behind why crisp packets are so noisy

God damn them

by Emily Reynolds
15 Aug 2017

Wetherspoon's have a new rule and you're *not* going to like it

What are we supposed to do now?

by Tom Victor
14 Aug 2017

This mobile bar will deliver gin to your house

A gin and tonic please, driver

by Gary Ogden
14 Aug 2017

Your Subway sandwich just got more expensive and people are very upset

This is not on

by Dave Fawbert
11 Aug 2017